Sunrise & Sunset Pictures From All Over Hawaii
It's no secret that I find Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets captivating. Some of my most popular and personal favorite prints were taken during the golden hours of the day and it's not a coincidence.
Why Are Sunrises & Sunsets So Pretty?
I've often been asked and have been curious to look for myself, what makes sunrises and sunsets so beautiful? Scientifically, it's all about light scattering in the sky and refracting into our eyes as amazing colors. Sunlight molecules disperse and separate our perception of the colors into longer, warm hues (red and orange at the horizon) eventually transitioning into shorter, darker hues (greens and blues in the night sky), this is known as Rayleigh Scattering.
But what is it about Hawaiian sunsets? Why does Hawaii have some of the most picturesque sunrises and sunsets? As it turns out, there are a lot of reasons Hawaiian sunrises and sunsets are so picturesque. Here are the 5 reasons Hawaiian twilight is so pretty:
1. Local Atmospheric Conditions: Light from the sun scatters across the sky to form the colors we perceive differently depending on the composition of the atmosphere.
2. Equatorial Weather Conditions: Moisture brought on by weather in the form of clouds, fog or humidity add depth, texture and color to the sky as the light bounces off.
3. Hawaii's Location & Altitude: Where you are on the globe, the angle you're hit by the sun, and the atmosphere of your altitude will impact the colors in the sky you'll see.
4. Landscape: The surrounding landscape, like the beaches, mountains or bodies of water can interact with sunlight and influence the colors observed.
5. Particulate Matter: The presence of airborne particles, such as dust, smoke, or pollution, can scatter light in different ways and affect the colors observed in the sky.
All of these factor into why you'll only see a Hawaiian sunset in Hawaii.